Hitchin' Post

Children - General
56 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2017
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Author Biography

Julie is a children's book author, born and raised in west Texas. Surrounded by the ranching heritage, Julie felt drawn to share this way of life through the adventures of the thoughtful little jackrabbit, Hitchin' Post.

Hitchin' Post marks Julie's debut into the world of children's literature. What began as a fun, creative project with her mother, Carolyn Altman, soon developed into her first completed children's book. Carolyn is the illustrator of the bright and cheerful images found in Hitchin' Post, which no doubt bring to life the adventures of this caring and lovable jackrabbit.

Julie is currently working on a follow-up to Hitchin' Post, to be released later this year.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite

Six B’s Hitchin’ Post, written by Julie Barker and illustrated by Carolyn Altman, tells the story of a jack rabbit aptly named Hitchin Post who loves the Six B’s ranch where he lives. Unfortunately, the ranch suffers a drought which means the cattle have to be moved to fresh pastures, and Hitchin’ Post begins to wonder if everything in the idyllic life he leads might change once the cattle leave. It is clear that all the ranch hands love their life on the ranch, and they all agree that all the riches in the world would not make them happier than they are living at Six B’s.

This delightful story is told in rhyme, which initially came as an unexpected but pleasant surprise. Old jack rabbit Hitchin Post is adorable in his wild west attire and his laid-back attitude. The illustrations are lovely and depict the rhymes well with great characterisations. Apart from the engaging story there is a moral hidden in this work, which is about being grateful for what life has provided you with and making the most of every day. It will be an ideal story to read to a child at bedtime where a parent/child could discuss Hitchin’ Post’s life and what makes it so special, and then perhaps look at the child’s life for comparison. The jack rabbit is a really lovable character that will appeal to any young reader, and together with the flowing rhymes make this a lovely storybook that every child will love.

Jack Magnus

Hitchin' Post is a children's picture book written by Julie Barker and illustrated by Carolyn Altman. Who is Hitchin' Post, and how did he get his most distinctive name? Well, Hitchin' Post is a jackrabbit with ears so long they reach down to his knees. Hitch lives on a ranch called the 6Bs, and he loves it! There's always plenty of chores for Hitch and the cowboys to tackle, but life is good on the ranch. In the summer, it can get dry and hot, and sometimes drought conditions mean the cattle have to be moved to a wetter location. In the fall, the weather gets milder, and Hitch likes to sit with the other cowboys and watch as the storm clouds move in. Sometimes, Hitch likes to listen to what the other cowboys have to say about life, and, one day, he heard one say that his life won't make him rich, but he wouldn't switch it for any other. Hitch feels that way too. He loves the wide open spaces, his friends and the simple richness of ranch life -- it suits him just fine. And how did he get that name? You'll just have to read the book to find out.

Julie Barker's charming and whimsical children's picture book, Hitchin' Post, introduces children to the life of a real working ranch through the eyes of Hitchin' Post, a real-life cowboy who just happens to be a jackrabbit. I loved learning about ranching and especially appreciated the narrator's take on life -- Hitch is a most agreeable fellow indeed. Carolyn Altman's illustrations are brilliant! I love the deceptive simplicity of her drawings, especially those which featured Hitchin'. The expressions on that jackrabbit's face and the way his long ears fit perfectly through the holes in his cowboy hat make me smile each time I see him, and his philosophy on life is spot-on. Hitchin' Post is a grand selection for story time as kids get a chance to learn about ranching and cowboys. It's also quite suitable for early readers as the pictures and words work so well together, it should not be overly challenging. Hitchin' Post is most highly recommended.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Hitch is a cowhand with really long ears. His ears are so long they go down to his knees and they were the reason behind his nickname, Hitchin’ Post. You see, Hitch is actually a jackrabbit, but he is also a very competent cowhand on 6B’s Ranch. Hitch enjoys his life on the ranch; he likes his work. But when he overhears other cowhands commenting that they will never get rich working on the ranch, Hitch starts to look around him and realize that his riches are not the monetary kind and he is quite content with what he has. It’s a good place to work; Hitch has good friends amongst the cowhands; he likes being outdoors; and he enjoys being around the animals. When the summer heat becomes so dry that the water disappears, the cattle are transported elsewhere for preservation. Hitch is so happy when the fall season brings rains and the return of the cattle. There is so much on the ranch for Hitch to enjoy and he is content with his life.

Julie Barker’s picture book story, Hitchin’ Post, is a clever story told in rhyme. It is geared towards young readers, but the message it carries is very important to people of all ages: be happy with what you have. Wealth is not something that can be measured in coin, but rather something that makes us feel complete, content, happy and healthy. Hitch has all of those things and he realizes that he doesn’t need money to be wealthy. As the author writes in her ending: “It’s the big and the small and all the in-between/ that should make you feel the richest of rich!” Wonderfully told with beautiful, rustic illustrations.